RATINGS: 547   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Existent represents the philosophy behind Stillwater Artisanal. We strive to define ourselves through our passion and sincerity while accepting that not all aspects of life are readily explainable. To manifest this ideology we present an ale of intrigue. Deep & dark though deceptively dry, braced by a firm yet smooth bitterness and accented with an earthy hop and mild roast aroma. This is an ale for you to define..

and if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. Nietzsche

Note: Formerly brewed at Dog, now at Two Roads.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2012
On tap at Leroy in Montgomery, AL. I had a fun conversation with that cute attorney girl and her librarian-hot friend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarcoDL (4307) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2016
Draft at beertemple. Aroma of caramelised malt, licorice and yeast. Flavor of yeast, caremelised malt, licorice and soy-ish malt. Too much licorice for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maakun (4224) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2016
Tap at Oproer. Deep mahogany with creamy beige head. Looks lovely. Soft raw cocoa, dried fruits, light spices, plums, fresh figs, toffee. Over medium sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied with creamy feel. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PanMarek (301) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2016
Pours a dark opaque ruby with quick, thin beige foam. Strong toasted malt nose with licorice and brown sugar. Initial dry taste, light body and thin fizz followed by broad roasted malts and a slipper texture. There are some notes of instant coffee and some dried fruit, chestnut and mild spices. It tastes very much like a Belgian ale, which is what Rate Beer calls it. On its website, Stillwater calls it a dark existential farmhouse ale and they have what looks to be a more traditional saison. Its a strong, dry, roasted malt Belgian more than anything.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (1904) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2016
20cl on tap at Oproer. Nose is dark berries. Body is dark brown, head is big, beige, creamy, mostly lasting, fair lacing. Aroma is leaves, light smoke, herbs, spices, roasted chestnut, dried fruits, milk chocolate. Medium sweet, medium bitter, light fruity sour. Finish is medium lasting fruity roasty medium bittersweet. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Easy dessert beer, very interesting, great one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markoijelena (2702) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 13, 2016
Draft sample at Oedipus International Beer Festival 2016. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 04.07.2016. Day Two. Pour it dark redish color with small white head. Aroma black currant, some spices, candy sugar. Taste lots of spices, Belgian yeast, apples, candy sugar, bubblegum, little bit roasty, medium body, thick feel, soft carbonation, bitter. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (4103) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUL 12, 2016
This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a mildly dark brown close to black color with a slim finger-ed foamy to filmy (mildly puffy looking off white color) head. Dissipates at a nice pace. Thin filmy lacing runs around the glass. The smell starts off with sweet dark bready malts with subtle dry milk chocolatey sort of malts. Subtle roast and then a nice spicy little bit of rye. The taste was pretty much the same. Full sweet dark and milk chocolatey sort of sticky flavors come together and then bring in that spiciness nicely. All combines on into the aftertaste and slides on into a slight sticky sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fair sessionably semi-sticky sort of feel all around. Carbonation rides fairly light. Stickiness is somewhat tame all around. Overall, as a saison of the "dark" quality, I can see it. Probably be better for the winter season as Id come back to during that time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (2808) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2016
Tap @ OIBF 16 with Zlotta & Markoijelena. Clear dark brown color. Brown head. Aromas: fruity, sourish, sweetish, candies, light smoke. Retronasal its sweetish, fruit, light sour. Flavor is moderate sweet, fruity. Medium bodied. Finishes moderate bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (2359) - Hagen, GERMANY - JUL 3, 2016
Sampled from tap at the Oedipus International Beer Festival 2016. Clear, dark reddish brown with a beige head. Sweetish, malty and a little fruity aroma of caramel, brown sugar, some chocolate and some dark ripe fruits. Sweetish, malty and slightly fruity taste of caramel, chocolate, some coffee and hints of dark ripe fruits, followed by a short, slightly bitter, very dry finish. Medium body, slightly effervescent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
LesArgen (322) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2016
Aromas of plum, cherry, grapefruit, chocolate, malt and coffee. Taste of coffee, raisin, chocolate, and some funky farmhouse flavours, with a slightly watery aftertaste. Its a bit of a stretch to call this a farmhouse ale methinks, but who cares if it tastes good?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1704) - HONG KONG - MAY 15, 2016

330ml bottle bought at HK Brewcraft in Central.

Looks: Clear deep Cola blackish brown colour; Less than one-quarter finger head with residual soapy light beige foam which fades in 30 seconds; Fair sticky lacing with notable very slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant dark malt, with moderate funk, barnyards, strong caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, cream, light sugar, strong yeast, thin lemon and light grass.

Taste: Mid to strong sweet dark malt, with strong roastyness, burnt caramel, burnt toast, strong molasses, alcohol, strong dark chocolate, black coffee, floral, strong earth, spices, strong Bel yeast, lemon, strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Mid to full body. Very slick and smooth palate.

Mouth Feel: Strong dark maltyness in pretty creamy background. Strong roastyness with lots of burnt caramel and toast. Very sweet and quite boozy but well match by strong dark chocolates and light black coffee. Earthy, spicy yeasty with sharp lemon to round. Very nice!

Hoppiness: Thin lemon and light grass in nose. Strong earth, spices, sharp lemon and strong grass in taste. Bitterness is very strong for a lasting, very high astringent sweet bitter finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Sweet, burnt and strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one is very interesting - a Dark Belgian fused with some funk in araoma, lots of burnt toasty sweet maltyness with strong Bel yeast and earthy citrusy sharp hoppiness. Has a snobbish feel but taste-wise its quite balanced and bursting with strong flavors. Will buy again!

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